Do you have a bag or two of wool that you don’t use?
The Caring Hearts knitting group at Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Center would love to have it.
Pat Court, a member of the knitting group, said she needed more yarn so she could continue making hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters and other children’s items.
Each month, the group donates these handmade items to St. Martin’s Manor, Interval House of Hamilton, the Salvation Army and other organizations.
They also knit baby hats for Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and make cat blankets for the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA.
The group has been knitting for the community for over 20 years.
“All of our knitting is done with donated wool, we use it all,” said Court, who is part of a group of a dozen women who meet in Sackville every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to knit. and discuss. “We never take vacations.
According to court figures, women have knitted hundreds of thousands of items over the years.
“I love coming and I love that we’re doing something for the community,” said knitter Dawn Scaum.
Sue Taylor, executive director of Interval House of Hamilton, noted that knitwear donations are greatly appreciated.
“When moms and their children come to our shelter, they often arrive with little or no personal possessions — often quickly fleeing their homes in search of safety,” Taylor said. “Being able to provide moms and children with knitted hats, scarves and mittens is a step in their healing journey. Moms feel the support of their community through donations. Knitted items provide warmth and remind moms and kids that they are not alone.
Heather Ashcroft, adoption coordinator at the HBSPCA, says cat blankets play a vital role in an animal’s adjustment period.
“Used during their stay in the shelter, they pick up their scent and help them feel comfortable,” she noted. “Once they are adopted into their forever homes, we send their coverage home with them in their carrier to help ease their transition. Having something that smells like them helps them settle into their new home much faster and our adopters love having their pets come home with their very own baby blanket.
The public can drop off donated wool at the Recreation Center reception on Upper Wentworth and Mohawk during the week between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.